Austin A. Davis
President of the Senate
Growing up in the Mon Valley in western Pennsylvania – a historic industrial center
just south of the City of Pittsburgh – Lt. Governor Austin Davis saw the struggles of working
families firsthand. He watched his mom – a hairdresser in McKeesport for more than 40
years – juggle raising a family by putting food on the table. He watched his dad work hard
every day as an ATU bus driver.
Austin knew from an early age he wanted to dedicate his life and career to public
service. Throughout his career, he has fought for economic equality, worked to lift people
out of poverty and secure fair funding for education, and has been committed to bettering the
lives of people in western Pennsylvania.
Austin is a first-generation college graduate in his family. After studying political
science at the University of Pittsburgh, he began pursuing a career in public service. By age
21, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review called him “a veteran at the politics of helping others.”
After college, Austin joined the office of the Allegheny County Executive, spearheading the
office’s vision and transition teams in the early days of the administration and serving as the
office’s representative on the Jail Oversight Board, the Minority, Women, and
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advisory Board, and the Shuman Detention Center
In 2018, Austin successfully ran for the state House of Representatives. He became
the first western Pennsylvania African-American to serve as state representative outside of
the City of Pittsburgh. In 2022, Austin successfully ran and won the nomination for Lt.
Governor alongside then-Attorney General Josh Shapiro, subsequently being elected as
Pennsylvania’s 35th and first African-American Lt. Governor. Additionally, Lt. Governor
Davis is our nation’s youngest sitting Lt. Governor.
Lt. Governor Davis currently resides in McKeesport with his wife, Blayre Holmes
Davis, an executive with the Pittsburgh Steelers.